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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Local students are good models

  • One week ago today I had the privilege of traveling to St. Paul with a group of five Redwood Valley FFA Chapter members and their advisor Jeremy Daberkow as part of FFA Day at the Capitol. In a situation like this you never know how the kids are going to act, but I was pretty confident this group would be well prepared for their visit.


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  •   One week ago today I had the privilege of traveling to St. Paul with a group of five Redwood Valley FFA Chapter members and their advisor Jeremy Daberkow as part of FFA Day at the Capitol. In a situation like this you never know how the kids are going to act, but I was pretty confident this group would be well prepared for their visit. I was certainly not disappointed. The students were all very well behaved, listened intently and spoke up in support of their program and ag as a whole. It was a good day for the FFA members, as they met with legislators, watched part of a press conference and even sat in on a few minutes of the Senate’s session that day. I was certainly proud to walk alongside these students as they represented Redwood Valley. I am sure I?have said this before, but this area is very fortunate to have a voice like Jeremy Daberkow working with our students. Just watching him interact with others gives you the impression he is very passionate about what he teaches, and he knows so many people. Congratulations Redwood Valley FFA members, you represented your community well. … At the Redwood Area Board of Education meeting Monday night Tom Hollatz, board chair, made reference to an event that happened during the Redwood Valley boys basketball game this past Thursday night. The boys, who were up big in the game, saw a young man walk on the court who has some sort of disability. Prior to the restart of the game as it was near its end, Coach Okeson called the team over, and while no one except those in that huddle know what was exactly said, the impression the crowd got after a few moments was Coach Okeson encouraged the players to back off and let that young man score. I?don’t know the exact details of what went on, but I know enough secondhand to recognize sportsmanship at its best. Congratulations to the boys basketball team and Coach Okeson. That was a classy move, and just demonstrates how a good coach is not just teaching about the sport but is developing young men of character. … You likely have heard Gloria Dei Lutheran Church had a vote to disaffiliate from the ELCA this past Sunday. According to what I?have heard that vote failed. From my perspective, a failed vote to disaffiliate is not news. Had the congregations voted in the other way we would certainly be covering it. I want to say from the beginning I?don’t agree with the direction the ELCA church is heading, and my family left the Lutheran church long before it got to the point it is at today.  I?won’t go into my differences of opinion here, but if you ever have questions about why I?believe what I?believe feel free to stop by and talk with me. For those of you who voted in favor of disaffiliation, if you feel that strongly, you certainly have the prerogative to leave, but you might want to consider the alternative and stay with the church to try and make changes you think are needed.

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